Forest landscape restoration for Asia-Pacific forests
The need for restoring forests is increasing in the Asia-Pacific region considering the extensive areas of degraded forests and lands. In this context, a new approach, called forest landscape restoration (FLR) is currently being promoted widely. FLR is an innovative approach that integrates forest restoration work with other activities across the landscape for achieving optimum productivity, both in commercial and ecological terms. However, practitioners are not fully aware of the concept behind the approach. With a view to strengthening FLR approaches in the region, the FAO Regional Office for Asia-Pacific and the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) undertook a multi-country study to review the status of forest and land degradation, restoration approaches commonly used and the policy and institutional environments which can support the introduction of FLR approaches in the region.